The smear campaign against Arizona Republicans who have been endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump has intensified with the critical swing state’s GOP primary only two weeks away and a determined bipartisan opposition seeing to torpedo two MAGA candidates, preventing them from advancing to the November elections.
Former television news reporter and gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake has taken the brunt of the early fire but with Blake Masters surging in his effort to face off against Democrat incumbent Mark Kelley for one of Arizona’s two U.S. Senate seats, it’s his turn in the barrel.
An extensive piece of opposition research by far-left media outlet Mother Jones combs through the venture capitalist turned politician’s past, interviewing over a dozen individuals who have known Masters and are willing to dish unflattering gossip on the candidate, including the best man at his wedding who disagreed with his now former-friend on COVID vaccine mandates.
Last year, the friend, Collin Wedel, responded to a tweet from Masters saying that “covid vaccine mandates are evil,” a sentiment likely shared by tens of millions of Americans who refused to bow to President Joe Biden’s authoritarian vaccine mandates to get jabbed or lose your job.
“Shame on you, I’m so utterly disappointed in what you’ve done with yourself. People will get sick, and die, because of your reckless rhetoric. As someone who loves and used to respect you: What happened to you?” Wedel wrote from his now-locked down Twitter account.
Masters responded to being publicly shamed by a longtime friend in his own tweet from November 2021.
“Collin was a best friend growing up. He told me about the famous class where I met Peter Thiel, and he was best man at my wedding,” he wrote. “The most deadly virus we face is progressivism, it rots both brains and nations. I wish Collin well — but freedom is worth losing friends over.”
Collin was a best friend growing up. He told me about the famous class where I met Peter Thiel, and he was best man at my wedding.
The most deadly virus we face is progressivism, it rots both brains and nations. I wish Collin well — but freedom is worth losing friends over. pic.twitter.com/7AizQ8HDKy
— Blake Masters (@bgmasters) November 5, 2021
The massive article which goes all the way back to Masters’ childhood relies on the standard smear that candidates who are not Democrats or have expressed America first views, are a threat to “democracy,” a term that has been hijacked by an unprincipled and unscrupulous political establishment and in no way even remotely resembles the textbook definition that was widely accepted until Trump sprung the upset against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The hit piece also takes great exception that Masters is a protégé of billionaire Peter Thiel, the deep-pocketed billionaire entrepreneur who it accused of “spending big to bend the American right to his will.”
Peter Thiel, who's been spending big to bend the American right to his will, may soon have three senators whose paths he helped fund. But of these three men, it’s Blake Masters who could allow Thiel to effectively have his own seat in Congress. https://t.co/i1hjTP1E7V
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) July 18, 2022
According to the outlet, “By the time Trump announced he was running for president in 2015, Masters had lost faith in Republicans’ ability to win elections. He found it hard to believe that Mitt Romney, a successful businessman, had been defeated by Barack Obama, whose first term he considered a disaster. Masters was convinced that Romney had played too nice. ‘If Republicans just aren’t gonna be serious about winning,’ he later explained in a podcast interview, ‘maybe it’s just a controlled opposition and we’re just gonna have a managed decline politically. ‘Masters was in a dark place when it came to the future of American politics, and America itself. ‘I basically thought it was all over,’ he said.”
It should be noted that Mother Jones took much credit for the loss of the feckless Romney in 2012, publishing a secret video of the failed candidate’s speech to donors in which he made dismissive remarks about the “47 percent of the people” who would support Barack Obama regardless of the state of the nation, a remark that became one of the Democrats’ top talking points that was repeatedly used to portray Romney as being out of touch and a tool of the wealthy upper class.
Mother Jones also likened Masters’ “anti-leftism” philosophy to that of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, an over-the-top comparison that reinforces the existing Democrat narrative that Trump supporters are dangerous extremists and domestic terrorists.
The hit piece comes as Masters is surging in polls and looking like he could emerge from the August 2 primary with a ticket for a mano-a-mano matchup with Kelly, a gun-grabbing retired astronaut, and husband of former Democrat Rep. Gabby Giffords.
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